Bodybuilder dies in a freak accident as he does a back-flip to show off to crowds during his warm-up
Sifiso Lungelo Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head in front of horrified crowd
Thabete died in the horrific accident, Saturday at a competition in South Africa
He was a former IFBB junior world champion and was tipped for a big future
A South African bodybuilding champion has died from horrific injuries after an attempted backflip during a competition went badly wrong.
Sifiso Lungelo Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head.
Worried officials raced toward the former junior world champion when he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday.
Former IFBB junior world champion Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head
The junior bodybuilding champion had been tipped for a big future and his death come as a shock to the sport
South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution wrote of the champion: ‘The bodybuilding community was shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Sifiso Lungelo Thabete, a bodybuilder from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend.’
It reports that he was tipped for a bright future, having been a former IFBB Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category.
He had ‘impressed the crowd and the judges with unbelievable muscle size and maturity beyond his age’ in his most recent competition, it reported.
Sifiso Thabete in the warmup performed his customary backflip. He died after breaking his neck in the landing
Although aid came immediately as officials rushed to help after he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday, it was too late to save him